The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 38, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 7, 1973 Page: 1 of 6
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The North Texas Daily
57TH YEAR NO. 38 NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY. DENTON. TEXAS WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 7, 1973
Parade Highlights Homecoming
More Than 40 Units To Participate in Event
Special units participating in the Home-
coming Parade Saturday, will include the
Moslah Temple Band and Clowns, the
Mean Green Machine and Mean Green
Statecoach and the Air Force ROTC Color
Guard and Drill Team.
The parade, which includes over 40 units,
will begin at I0 a.m. It will proceed, with
police escort, from West Prairie down
Avenue C to West Hickory and then to the
Courthouse Square, according to Maj.
Bill DeLoach of the aerospace studies
OTHER MEMBERS included in the
special units group are the NTSU March-
ing Band, Angel Flight, Alumni Associa-
tion officers, Golden Eagles and Silver
Eagles, he said Monday.
Also planned for parade appearances are
the Homecoming Queen and her attend-
ants; the Denton High School band, cheer-
leaders and Fillies drill team; the Air Force
and Army cars; and the Talon’s Bell and
Cannon, Maj, DeLoach said.
Organizations with floats include the
ROTC, Alpha Phi Omega, Zeta Tau Al-
pha, Theta Chi and Omicron, the Geo-
graphy Club, Maple Street Dorm and
Women Interested in Zeta.
Participants decorating cars are
Pi Kappa Alpha, the Green Jackets, Delta
Sigma Theta, the Council of Business Stu-
dents, the North Texas Marketing Associa-
tion, Kappa Delta, Delta Sigma Pi and Al-
pha Phi Alpha.
Other contestants include Omega Psi
Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha and Delta Gamma,
Tau Kappa Epsilon, Delta Psi Kappa, the
Women's Recreation Association, Phi Chi
Theta, Blue Key, Zeta Phi Beta, Mary Ar-
den Honor Club and Delta Sigma Phi.
Float contestants will be judged accord-
ing to appropriateness to the parade theme
"Bonjour a la Belle Universite,” crafts-
manship, design quality, intelligent plan-
ning and originality, Maj. DeLoach said.
One trophy per Boat category will be
awarded at the pregame show.
CATEGORIES include a sweepstakes
award for the best all-around float; an
award for the float with the best theme
representation; and an award for the best
originality in design, planning and con-
struction. There will also be an award for
the best decorated car, he said.
House decoration contest winners in
three categories will also be announced at
the pregame show A sweepstakes award
for the best all-around house decoration,
an award for the decoration most appro-
priate to the Homecoming theme and an
award for the decoration most original
in design will be awarded.
Talon's, men’s spirit and service organiza-
tion, will "add a new dimension” to Home-
coming festivities this year prior to the
torchlight parade and bonfire Friday at
6:30 p.m. in front of the Library, Barry
Wortham, Talon president, said Monday
ACCORDING TO Wortham, there will
be a "special surprise attraction" preced-
ing the torchlight parade that may start a
new Homecoming tradition.
Besides coordinating the parade and bon-
fire activities, Wortham added that the
Talon's will sponsor a Homecoming Spirit
Award to he given to the organization that
excells in three categories: bonfire spirit,
house decorations and Homecoming parade
Wortham, Amarillo senior, added that
any group interested in obtaining wood for
the bonfire could do so by calling the Den-
ton Fire Marshall’s office. A Talon will be
at the bonfire site at the intramural field
24 hours a day to collect wood.
Voters Also Veto
The predominantly student vote of Den-
ton County Precinct 5, the Courthouse,
differed from the rest of the county and the
state by passing Amendment I and by cast-
ing a tie vote for Amendment 8 in Tues-
Voter turnout was extremely light in
Denton County, with only 3,815 persons
voting out of some 45,000 registered voters.
All other Denton city precincts besides
Precinct 2 followed the pattern of all Den-
ton County voters by saying "no" to legis-
lative pay raises and annual sessions, and to
broadening the ad valorem tax base in
Texas. Precinct 2, located at the Rcbekah
Lodge near downtown Denton, approved
legislative pay raises 217 to 185. but did
not approve the broadening of the tax base.
Precinct 5 voted 184 for and 57 against
Amendment I, regarding legislative pay
raises and annual sessions.
Amendment 8, calling for a broadened
ad valorem tax base, tied at I 13 for and I 13
against in Precinct 5.
Total county unofficial returns with all
precincts reporting at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday
Amendment 1, annual sessions and
legislative salary raises, 1,692 for and 2,057
Amendment 2, homestead protection
for single adults, 3,336 for and 386 against,
Amendment 3, $3,000 ad valorem tax
exemption, 3,712 for and 520 against,
Amendment 4, changes in creation of
conservation and reclamation districts,
2,347 for and 1,144 against,
Amendment 5, authority to cities to
build sea walls and reclamation districts,
2,657 for and 930 against.
Amendment 6, district court probate
juridiction, 2,009 for and 1,514 against,
Amendment 7, veterans' land fund
bonds, 2,406 for and 1,261 against,
Amendment 8, ad valorem tax levies
by cities and towns, 1,261 for and 2,365
Amendment 9, nonprofit water supply
corporation tax exemption, 2,144 for and
Comedian Mort Sahl, who claims he has
"always been committed to bringing order
out of chaos,” will appear tonight at 8
in the Main Auditorium. Sponsored by the
Student Activities Union, there is no admis-
In a press release, Sahl claims that "the
more you stand still, the more people accuse
you of changing ."
Sahl’s brand of comedy has been popular
since his first success at San Francisco’s
famed supper club, the hungry i.
The Saturday Evening Post characterizes
Sahl as the "comic who'll never be in" be-
cause of his campaign against those poli-
tical candidates who promise to be success-
Of his own political views, Sahl says that
he runs a very elusive course, leaning a
bit to the left to correct for the drift in the
Sahl claims that he hasn’t changed only
the targets have changed. “I figure it's my
job to restore the balance of power," he
Once a would-be West Pointer, Sahl
admits he might be an upholder of authority
instead of its enemy, if he had ever become
an officer, yet, "in every election there is
one candidate whom Mort Sahl can't stand.
It’s the winner, whoever he may be," ac-
cording to a Saturday Evening Post article.
Ad Valorem Issue
Photo by Tommy McGee
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morrison, seated, were the last two
Precinct 30 voters to cast their ballots Tuesday at the
First Baptist Church of Denton. The empty room being
surveyed by one of the precinct’s election officials was
typical of scenes at polling places throughout the day
and throughout the state. Cool weather was blamed for
discouraging many voters away from what was already
considered by many to be a drab election.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
With most of Tuesday’s constitutional
amendments vote counted, a proposal to
sharply increase the salaries of Texas legis-
lators and have them hold costly annual
sessions was going dow n to defeat.
House Speaker Price Daniel Jr. bitterly
blamed the Watergate scandal and the re-
signation of Vice-President Spiro Agnew
for "a kind of repulsion toward politicians."
Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby said the voters
weren't properly educated about the pro-
posal, contained in Amendment I which in
late returns was trailing by 70,000 votes.
The vote turnout was light across the
state but the message being shouted to
Austin was clearly in favor of giving tax-
payers a break on money matters.
The trend against Amendment 1 gushed
out of the Texas Election Bureau quick-
ly, running two-to-one against hiking the
pay of politicians and having them meet
Daniel held out for hours against making
a statement. But when the trend of voter
disapproval could no longer be ignored,
he lashed out at the vexing Watergate fire
he said had enfiamed Washington and was
singeing the neck hairs of Texas voters.
He blamed the "public mood that was
created by Watergate. He said the proposal
might have passed despite the Watergate
scandal but the resignation of Agnew was
the “turning point.”
Christie Favors Insurance Reform
Joe Christie, chairman of the State In-
surance Board, told an audience Tuesday,
"If we do not respond to the demands of
the people for a fair shake, the federal
He predicted that within five years
the federal government would institute laws
controlling the insurance industry, if the
state had not.
Christie's appearance was sponsored by
the NTSU Insurance Club and the College
of Business Administration's department
of finance, insurance, real estate and law.
Along with the college students
in the audience were many representatives
of the insurance industry including State
Rep. Walt Parker and members of Certified
Life Underwriters and other professional
insurance organizations in the Dallas-Fort
Christie reviewed activities of the State
Insurance Board since he assumed the
chairmanship last February and listed fu-
ture plans. He noted the board, which has
600 employes and an $8 million annual
budget, has hired an independent consultant
firm to make a study and come up with
suggestions on how the board can perform
more efficiently and economically.
“As far as 1 know, we are the only state
agency to do this,” he said, promising the
firm’s report will be made public and im-
He said the board will launch a public
campaign to promote the Defensive Driving
Course, noting surveys have proven those
who have taken the course have 30 per cent
fewer accidents than those who have not,
and that the board is granting a 10 per cent
reduction in auto insurance for the next
three years for those who take the course.
He also noted the board has entered
an agreement with the LBJ School of Public
Affairs at UT-Austin to study both no-fault
auto insurance and "the way we deliver
health care ”
Czf the latter, he said he was in favor
of the Health Maintenance Organization
(HMO) program defeated by the last Texas
Christie also told the NTSU audience
they are spending 20 to 24 per cent too
much for their life insurance and the board
is holding a hearing on credit life insurance
next month, a first step in an attempt to give
guidance to the public.”
"1 don't want to contribute to an already
shaky lack of confidence in a great in-
dustry," Christie said of complaints from
consumer groups that he has not been out-
spoken enough against the insurance in-
He also assured the insurance men pre-
sent that he was as alarmed at the possi-
bility of banks and bank holding compa-
nies entering the insurance industry.
He said the discharge of Watergate pro-
secutor Archibald Cox and other related
controversy finally sank the ship
“The public mood is not in favor of pay-
ing any politician any more or having them
meet any more often. Their feeling is a
kind of repulsion toward politicians,” he
Proposals to give unmarried homeowners
the same tax and civil advantages as mar-
ried persons were sailing to easy victory.
Amendment 8 proposed to broaden
the ad valorem tax base was taking a real
beating in late returns.
Election officials predicted Houston
voters, lured to the polls by a mayor's race
and other local issues, would probably sway
the amendments vote because of the light
turnout elsewhere in Texas.
The vote in Houston was also light, how-
ever, and returns were slow in coming in
Former television personality Dick Got-
tlieb, a two-term city councilman, was
running neck and neck with lawyer Fred
Hofheinz in the mayorial contest. A runoff
election seemed likely.
Houston voters were bucking a state
trend on the Amendment I vote, however,
just barely giving the proposal a narrow
51 per cent approval.
Statewide, however, the message was
much more distinct.
Returns at 11 p.m. from 231 of 254 coun-
ties, 207 complete.
1. Legislative pay-annual sessions for
150,524, against 228,022.
2. Homestead protection for 303, 047,
3. Homestead exemption for 291,708,
4. Conservation districts for 205,488,
5. Coastal seawall bonds for 234,892,
6. District courts jurisdiction for 178,617,
7. Increase vet’s land fund for 222,880,
8. Broaden ad valorem tax for 134,843,
9. Water tax exemption for 181,830,
Commuter Session To Feature Campus Groups
The Commuters Association will meet at 2 p.m. today in Room 120 of the
Temporary Union Building.
Representatives from the Student Government Association and the Citi-
zens for Responsive Community Action will speak and answer questions
on their group's activities.
YRs Host State Senator Harris Thursday Might
Republican State Sen. O H. (Ike) Harris of Dallas will speak to the Young
Republicans (YRs) Thursday at 8 p.m. in Room 188 of the Speech and Drama
According to Bill McKissick, Irving senior and YR president, Sen. Harris
will speak on constitutional revision, politics in general and particularly state
Sen. Harris, who is a North Texas alumnus, is president pro tern of the Tex-
as Senate and therefore third in line to serve as governor, behind Gov Dolph
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Briscoe and Lt. Gov Bill Hobby, both Democrats.
“He was elected president pro tern of the Senate when only three of the
31 were Republicans in the senate," McKissick said.
A former president of the NTSU YRs, Sen. Harris was graduated from
NTSU in 1954 with a B A. in political science.
After graduating from NTSU, Sen. Harris entered the School of Law at
SMU where he received his law degree in I960 He was elected to the Texas
House in 1962 and elected to the senate in 1967
Serving his third term in the Texas Senate, Sen. Harris has frequently been
mentioned as a candidate for lieutenant governor, McKissick said.
NORML Holds Organizational Meeting Tonight
An organizational meeting of the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML) will be held today at 8 p in in Room 127 of the
Temporary Union Building
Thomas Rainbolt, Denton senior and coordinator of the Denton chapter
of NORML, said the current penalties lor marijuana will be studied. The
group will also discuss further reforms concerning the law, Rainbolt added
NOR Ml is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving legislative re-
form of the current marijuana laws on both the state and federal levels.
Police Retrieve Stolen Property Worth $6,967
The month of October was a fairly active one in the police department, ac-
cording to Doyle F letcher, assistant chief of University Police.
"There was $7,040 worth of stolen property reported and the police recov-
ered, $6,967 worth,” Fletcher said.
"The items that get stolen on campus vary," Fletcher noted. "Everything
from potted plants to bicycle lights is reported stolen"
There was an assault reported on Oct 15 which later proved to be unfound-
ed, he said.
“The only thing that the police department can do is try to urge people
to get involved with the crime situation on this campus." Fletcher said “Peo-
ple have got to report suspicious activity.”
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The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 38, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 7, 1973, newspaper, November 7, 1973; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth723692/m1/1/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.